‘Own the Bone’ Program Advances Osteoporosis Treatment at Institute
IRVINE, Calif. [May 12, 2016] – May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention
Month. Although an estimated 10 million adults in the U.S. have osteoporosis
and an additional 43 million have low bone mass, most will go undiagnosed
and untreated. A broken bone, fracture, could be deemed a fragility fracture
which could be a serious complication of osteoporosis and often the first
sign that a person has the disease. Unfortunately, only 20% of the nearly
two million individuals who experience fragility fractures each year are
tested or treated for osteoporosis. Those fractures are costly; nearly
$18 billion in related costs every year. By 2025, experts predict those
numbers to rise to nearly 3 million fractures and $25.3 billion in costs
each year. It’s time to bring attention and awareness to this silent
public health epidemic.
Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI) has taken steps to ensure its osteoporotic
fracture patients receive the treatment and care they deserve through
participation in The American Orthopaedic Association’s (AOA) Own
the Bone® quality improvement (QI) program. Through this QI program,
Hoag Orthopedic Institute received the tools to establish a secondary
fracture prevention program, or fracture liaison service (FLS), with the
goal of preventing future fractures. FLS programs use a care coordinator,
often a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant, to help ensure
that fragility fracture patients are identified and receive appropriate
evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. HOI uses a clinical nurse specialist,
an advanced practice nurse, to manage the program.
Through Own the Bone, HOI focuses on specific evidence-based measures to
help improve patient care after a fracture, including: educating patients
on nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle changes; recommending bone
mineral density testing; discussing pharmacotherapy and treatment (when
applicable); and providing written communication to the patient and their
family physician regarding the patient’s specific risk factors and
Through their enrollment in Own the Bone, HOI has demonstrated a commitment
to helping patients understand their risk for future fractures and steps
they can take to prevent them. HOI has enrolled more than 150 patients
into the Own the Program. The hospital has received special recognition
as “Own the Bone Star Performer” for the past two years. This
is a designation reserved for sites that achieve higher than a 75% compliance
rate for at least five of the ten ‘Own the Bone’ prevention measures.
The HOI team also proactively hosts initiatives at local schools and senior
community centers to educate kids and the at-risk aging community on osteoporosis
“‘Own the Bone’ is a proven program at Hoag Orthopedic
Institute that gives patients a better understanding of their fragility
fractures,” said Marisa Swain, a clinical nurse specialist responsible
for overseeing the program at HOI. “Through this program, we have
been better equipped to provide quality care and service to our patients.”
What can patients do to protect their bones?
- Get adequate calcium and vitamin D, either through diet or supplements,
- Engage in regular weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercise.
- Avoid smoking and limit your alcohol to 2-3 drinks per day.
- Have you or a loved one had a broken bone over age 50? Talk to your health
care provider and get a bone density screening to determine if osteoporosis
might be the cause and learn additional steps you might need to take to
prevent future fractures.
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